#OAWeek2019: A Home for TUHH Research Data

Publish research data after project completion? Nowadays, the question is not so much whether but rather where. Because data also feels most comfortable in the right company. A domain-specific repository with similar data and a subject-specific system that corresponds to the standards of its own specialist community and guarantees permanent, standard-compliant storage, provision and processing: This is the optimum for your own research data.

However, this ideal subject repository does not exist for every research data set. There may also be important reasons against storing them outside your own institution.

Since 2019, the library has therefore provided an institutional repository for the publication of research data from the TU Hamburg:

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tub.dok becomes TUHH Open Research

TUHH Open Research

Since 2002 tub.dok has been the Open Access Repository at TU Hamburg. Here you can find freely available publications of members of TUHH in full text. The spectrum includes journal articles, conference contributions, reports and, of course, dissertations and postdoctoral theses written at TUHH.

Now additional tasks are waiting for tub.dok and therefore it will be renamed as of today in TUHH Open Research. Continue reading

Join us on Hamburg Open Science #Jobs

Update 21.11.17: D-17-200 and D-17-194 contracts until 31.12.2020. Applications until 5.12.17

Hamburg wants Open Science! And we want competent people who work with us on this for the TU Hamburg. Initially for 12 months, but hopefully two more years afterwards.

Deadline for applications is 29.11.2017

With the Hamburg Open Science (HOS) programme, Hamburg is implementing a strategy for the expansion of Open Access and Open Science that has been developed across universities. The University of Hamburg (UHH), the Technical University of Hamburg (TUHH), the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) and many other universities are involved. From 2018 onwards, implementation will be carried out jointly in the institutions within the framework of the following four programme lines: Open Access publications, research data management, research information systems and the design of digital cultural change.

The TUHH Open Science (TOS) project group is being set up at the TUHH for research data management and research information system. This is also where the HOS research data management program line is managed.

The targets for 2018 are:

  • Conception and implementation of a prototype for a research information system based on the open source software DSpace-CRIS.
  • Conception and implementation of a prototype for an institutional research data repository also based on the open source software DSpace-CRIS.

We are looking for four new research assistants with know-how and a desire for university, open science and the beautiful city of Hamburg with the following focal points:

  1. Teamleitung und Projektsteuerung mit Schwerpunkt Forschungsinformationssystem E14 TV-L
    Stellenausschreibung D-17-200
  2. Konzeption und Aufbau des Forschungsdatenrepositories E13 TV-L
    Stellenausschreibung D-17-199
  3. Konzeption und Aufbau Forschungsdateninformationssystem und Forschungsdatenrepository E13 TV-L
    Stellenausschreibung D-17-198
  4. IT-Konzept, Aufbau und Administration (Rechenzentrum) E13 TV-L
    Stellenausschreibung D-17-194

Open Science - TU Hamburg

Information on Hamburg Open Science

  • Forschungsergebnisse für alle zugänglich machen: Senat beschließt das Programm Hamburg Open Science.
  • Antrag Senat Drucksache 21/10485 26.09.2017

Fair Research Data

Data Sharing and Management Snafu in 3 Short Acts. NYU Health Sciences Library

TUHH is starting plan to set up its own institutional repository for research data. A topic that will accompany us – alongside all technology and workflows – is to make all data FAIR – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable.

FAIR Data Principles

One of the grand challenges of data-intensive science is to facilitate knowledge discovery by assisting humans and machines in their discovery of, access to, integration and analysis of, task-appropriate scientific data and their associated algorithms and workflows. A FAIR Data Publishing Group of FORCE11 has been discussing FAIR – a set of guiding principles to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable.

To be Findable:

F1. (meta)data are assigned a globally unique and eternally persistent identifier.
F2. data are described with rich metadata.
F3. (meta)data are registered or indexed in a searchable resource.
F4. metadata specify the data identifier.

To be Accessible:

A1  (meta)data are retrievable by their identifier using a standardized communications protocol.
A1.1 the protocol is open, free, and universally implementable.
A1.2 the protocol allows for an authentication and authorization procedure, where necessary.
A2 metadata are accessible, even when the data are no longer available.

To be Interoperable:

I1. (meta)data use a formal, accessible, shared, and broadly applicable language for knowledge representation.
I2. (meta)data use vocabularies that follow FAIR principles.
I3. (meta)data include qualified references to other (meta)data.

To be Re-usable:

R1. meta(data) have a plurality of accurate and relevant attributes.
R1.1. (meta)data are released with a clear and accessible data usage license.
R1.2. (meta)data are associated with their provenance.
R1.3. (meta)data meet domain-relevant community standards.


Secure digital research data for the future

The TUHH as an university of technology has the mission to develop technology for people. The university TUHH offers research and education at a high academic level. For the future development and competitiveness in the international context, the TUHH must participate in the discussion on Open Access for research results and research data. Open Access can result in a higher quality of scientific results, better visibility and greater discussion within the scientific community and a better international cooperation. Funding sources as DFG and EU already require open access availability of research results. Hamburg has just launched a prestudy for Hamburg Open Archive, the platform for Open Access in Hamburg.

TUHH adopted the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) recommendations to ensure “Good Scientific Practice” and also the DFG “Guidelines for handling research data“. In this context, we would like to collect requirements and needs for research data management at TUHH.  Research data in this survey is defined as raw data (measured data, source code, simulation results, image data, etc.) on which research results and publications are based.

The TUHH survey about Research Data on behalf of the Präsidium of TUHH is based on the already carried out surveys of the Humboldt University (2013) and the Technische Universität Darmstadt (2015). Participation is voluntary and anonymously possible in German and English. The Scientific Staff and the DV-Beauftragte have been invited by mail to participate in the survey. In case we missed anyone interested at TUHH, please send a short mail to the library. Thank you so much!

The survey is online until 8/15/2016.

For questions, please contact the library or the President’s Research Department.

Research data

Handbuch Forschungsdatenmanagement as Word Cloud
Data are the result of each research process in all subject areas. Primary or raw data can be very different (data of analyzing, results of polls or surveys, diagrams, photos, videos, drawings etc.), but most of them are available in electronic format today.

After finishing a research project it seems to be useful, to keep such data. They serve as reference for own publications and can be used in other projects. More and more information institutions think about the effective publication and use of research data. Similar to journal articles yet today research data can get so-called DOIs, Digital Object Identifier, to enable easily citing and linking.

More on research data offers the Information Portal “Research Data Infrastructures”, e.g. a German “Handbuch Forschungsdatenmanagement” from 2011, or the data management website by the MIT libraries.

The picture above, made with the service Wordle is an example for the re-utilization of research data published with a Creative Commens-License BY-NC-SA 3.0. The content of the above mentioned “Handbuch Forschungsdatenmanagement”, in a way research data from the type “text”, has been used for a visual presentation of the words “arranged” according their statistical occurrence in the text. 8-).